Pebley Center


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Phone: 479-788-7213

About the Pebley Center

The Olive, Kathleen, and Rosa Belle A. Pebley Historical and Cultural Center Collection focuses primarily on the early history of Fort Smith and the immediate surrounding counties. Olive Gertrude Hanna Pebley and her daughters, Rosa Belle A. and Kathleen Ellen, made a bequest to the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith to further education about Arkansas and its social and cultural history. The bequest resulted in the establishment of the Pebley Center in 2003.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Pebley Center is to collect, preserve, and make available for research those materials significant to the history of Sebastian, Franklin, Polk, Crawford, Logan and Scott counties in Arkansas and of LeFlore County and Sequoyah County in Oklahoma.

More about the Pebley Center and Collection

The collection consists of manuscripts, books, family collections, dissertations, microfilm, government documents, journals of local historical societies, and photographs. It is non-circulating and may be used by the public as well as the University community. The Pebley Center is located in Room 137 of the Boreham Library. It offers a comfortable environment in which to conduct research. A microfilm/microfiche reader and computers are available for patron use.

View a partial list of items in the Pebley Center's collection.